it's 7:00 p.m. on wednesday here in japan. i'm james tengan in tokyo. welcome to this hour's nhk "newsline." a u.s. consulting firm has released its annual list of the biggest threats facing the world. the report says the leading risk in 2017 is the u.s. led by donald trump. the global political risk firm eurasia says trump's fiscal policy is built on the value of independence.
but it said for trump that's independence from responsibility to play a central role in affairs. might create global chaos, especially in europe. it said china sees the change in u.s. leadership as an opportunity to advance its interests in asia. it noted this may raise tensions between the two countries. the report added the second-largest risk for 2017 is china overreacting to external challenges. as president xi jinping tries to tighten his grip on power ra head of the communist party congress later this year he's likely to respond forcefully to foreign policy changes. north korea came in ninth on the list. the paper says the country is closer to mastering miniature warheads and intercontinental with stick missiles that could strike the u.s. west coast. the report suggests this year will be the most politically volatile in the post-war period. nhk has learned the president-elect is considering appointing a top member of his transition team to be the
ambassador to japan, replacing caroline kennedy. william hagerty is not only said to be close to trump, he also reportedly has tries to mitt romney and other mainstream republicans. hagerty lived in tokyo for several years when he was working for a private consulting firm. several names have been floated as possible candidates to become trump's top representative in japan. they include bobby valentine who served as manager of a professional japanese baseball chain. trump has already named his ambassadors to china and israel. the new u.n. secretary-general has started 2017 by getting down to work. antonio guterres arrived at u.n. headquarters and gave his first speech. he said teamwork was critical to achieving u.n. goals. >> this is the moment we need to assert the value of multilateralism. this is the moment that we need to realize only global
solutions can address global problems and the u.n. is the cornerstone of that multi-lateral approach. >> guterres says he recognizes there's growing divide between the public and government in many countries and there's skepticism about the role the u.n. can play. he also underlined the need to reform the organization. the world body is under criticism for its bureaucracy and inefficiency. some of that criticism has come from u.s. president-elect donald trump. last week he tweeted that the u.n. was just a place to talk and have a good time. japan's prime minister is trying to show he's ready for the new year and the challenges he'll face. shinzo abe has outlined his priorities during his first news conference of 2017. he said his government will continue to place priority on the economy and referring to the chinese zodiac calendar, he said the year of of the rooster tends to bring about change. >> translator: this year, leaders of many countries will be changing.
it's expected to become a year of change. at this period of uncertainty where we cannot foresee the future, it's important to stay on course. this year we plan to place the utmost priority on the economy. just like a bird flying gallantly in the skies, we'll work towards pulling the country out of deflation and continue to implement the three arrows of my economic policy known as abenomics. fiscal policy, monetary policy, and structural reform. >> abe also said he will continue his active diplomacy, stressing he has already traveled to more than 100 countries and regions. he once again referred to a rooster and said he will take a bird's-eye view of the world. prior to the news conference, abe visited one of the country's oldest shrines, ise-jengu.
it's the first trading day the year for tokyo stocks. gene otani has more on that and on the record business headlines. more than 400 people attended an opening ceremony at the tokyo stock exchange. many investors are anxious about 2017 with a number of factors in play, including a new u.s. presidency. >> translator: the stock market may be quite active this year. hopefully in a positive way. >> last year the benchmark nikkei index fell for the first six trading days but the tokyo borse has been rising quickly since november over u.s. president-elect donald trump's economic promises. following the ceremony, tokyo shares jumped on this first trading affidavit year. our business reporter from the tokyo stock exchange.
>> solid factory service from the u.s. and china gave investors more confidence in the global economy and a bigger appetite for risk. the weaker yen also boosted shares. let's see the closing levels for the opening day. wednesday, january 4th. the nikkei 225 climbed 2.5%, finishing at 19,594. its highest level in 13 months. the broader topix gained 2.4%. checking on currencies, the u.s. dollar reached a two-week high on tuesday after one manufacturing gauge in the u.s. showed strength in factory activity. on to individual stocks, major automakers and other exporters were among the big winners. toyota, honda, and panasonic all posted solid gains. takata saw 17.5%, hitting the day's limit on thee back of meda reports it will reach a settlement with u.s. prosecutors over allegations of wrongdoing related to its faulty air bags.
looking to the year ahead, investors are still hopeful the policies of u.s. president-elect donald trump will deliver solid economic growth. moving on to other markets in the asia-pacific region, the shanghai composite continued gains boosted by tuesday's encouraging data on manufacturing. the benchmark added 0.7% to finish at 3158. hong kong bucked the trend in the region. the hang seng fell as investors booked profits from recent rallies closing down by 0.7%. some energy shares were lower following an overnight decline in oil prices. other markets ended in the positi positive. singapore up 0.8%. seoul and sydney added a fraction each. we're expecting to see some big changes around the world as we start 2017. this week distinguished figures of the world of business and economics will be giving us their outlook for the global economy.
my colleague ai uchida earlier spoke with the president of the institute for international monetary affairs and has been heading the japan bank for international cooperation until june. >> now when we asked you about possible risks to the global economy, you mentioned that 2017 was the year of the rooster. we're going to call it the year of the chicken. and you've listed your customers as an acronym. let me first quickly go over this. "c" for china and big uncertainty. "h," heightening tension in the middle east. "i," inequality. "c" continuing low interest rates as well as inflation. "k," korea's in danger. "e," european fragmentation. "n," no global political leadership. we will get to that in a bit. at the top of the list, "c," china and big uncertainty.
the economy in china has seemed to recover somewhat due to government stimulus measures. what are your concerns now for china? >> china's economy has been losing some power in the last two years. you mentioned about some of the government intervention has been working but still there is no solid policymaking for the coming years. some people say it's kind of a cyclical reason, other people say it's a structural reason. so that is not much to identify yet. the source of the nonperforming loan issues in china will be reserved in the coming years. but when they're going to start is another concern to that. in addition to that, there is some kind of the unstable position in the political regime of china itself. so i think it could have some impact even for the economy in the coming years. anyway, the second-largest economy in the world now, so it has big impact for the asian and also world economy. >> absolutely.
let's also talk about europe. the economy there is fragile. it will be undergoing some big changes, especially brexit. what's the risks in the region? >> overall the economy has hit bottom in the last year. so we'll see some kind of recovery in this year. as you mentioned the political issue. last year we had the brexit. this year an election in france and the dutch and also the germans. so they would have some impact to that. also the refugee and the immigrant issues to be connected with some inequality. so i think that could have some negative impact on the european economy. also it remains some kind of technology in the north and the south. it would not be so easily solved. so there would be some kind of adjustment of the operation that
would be needed. not yet the policy package has been shown to that. >> so a lot to look out for there. okay, now we're going to go to no global political leadership, and this i'm assuming stands for donald trump. people are seeing how his economic policies are going to be affecting the world. you point to risks from a lack of global political leadership. so how should we be seeing this? >> although president obama has said we are number one position in the world, the last two years i think german chancellor has been playing such an important role. now even madam merkel's impact is somewhat losing. in that case now we don't have any real political leader in the world. so those are the -- mr. trump has made this huge -- the campaign operation, so still we don't know what t the realality impact he's going to bring in the world to that.t.
and also the januaryry 20th, he going to be the president. anand also the end of january a also early februarary, he's goi to make a state of the union announcement. then we will see. the reality, the magnitude of his new policy, including the infrastructure investment, and also the decrease over the tax. so that would be seen. then we'll see and also the market will see the real impact of mr. trump's new administration. then we are going to have somewhat the reacting to that. >> among his many promises during the campaign was to pull the u.s. out of tpp negotiations. that would have a direct impact for japan who is very much a part of the negotiations. how do you see that unfolding? >> in the coming world, i think the trade, especially the free trade issues, quite important. so far his statement is somewhat anti the free trade operation.
he's seeking for the fair trade, not only for the anti-trade operation. then we'll see how his reality, the policy action would be shown in the coming years -- coming days. in the case of tpp, this is a real -- not the reality threat at this moment. this is the future operation. but in the case of the nafta, north american free trade agreement, so that would be reconsidered what he said. especially the duration between the mexico and united states is bringing some kind of anxiety to the foreign investors, especially japanese and asian, the companies who made a huge investment into mexico to sell some product to the united states. already mr. trump has kind of pressure to the u.s. company and also the mexican government. that would be very much the origin of the threat for our economy and also asian economy. >> okay. so given all of these concerns
that you outlined for us, how does this all affect japan? s what does this mean for japan? what do we need to be watching out for here in japan? >> anyway the extent of the environment is not so easy. but the last two or three yeast the japanese government, we have recovered. so even though mr. trump making very deep, sharply demand for japan, and also some big line in the chinese economy, i think japan can stand somewhat better position to that. anyway, in the coming at least half decade or one decade, asia should be the core of the growth of the world. i think japan would have more input and play in the region to that. and also the region, japan, i think we don't see any sign of the deterioration of the economy at this moment. i think the more acceleration of
the private sector's innnnovati and also some kind of initiative between the government and the company and the individuals in the coming years. >> you can watch our report again online together with a full transcript. look for nhk world and "business wrap." that's a look at business news. i'm going to leave you with the markets.
prosecutors in france have widened their search for the suspect in the case of a missing japanese woman. they put a chilean man on an international wanted list, and they believe he was the murderer. 21-year-old narumi kurasuke was an exchange student in france. she went missing last month. the suspect emerged after investigators spoke to members of her family. they described him as aggressive. prosecutors have not released his identity but they have revealed he had dinner with kurosaki at a restaurant and then went to her dormitory. there are reports that police found blood stains near the entrance. >> translator: students living on the same floor as kurosaki heard a woman screaming in the morning. >> french and chilean authorities say the suspect has returned to chile and they
believe he's staying in the central city of la serena. they play to question him in the near future. a leading expert in urban planning has cast doubts on the efficacy of decontamination wowk in the disaster-hit northeastern japan. professor yokemoto of osaka university graduate school says it might not be money well spent. more than $25.5 billion have been spent on removing radioactive substances from around the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant and building temporary storage sites for tainted waste. the plan was to reduce radiation levels so that residents could rereturn. but government surveys suggest many people have decided not to go back. more than half the evacuees from some municipalities said they ll stay where they are. yokemototo says the decontamination work would be
essential if it helped disaster-hit communities but it's not clear that's the case. the environment ministry says the cleanup work on areas outside fukushima will be completed by the end of march, but they haven't started decontaminating no-entry zones in fukushima. work there will start after march. a group of high school students? japan went to the crippled fukushima daiichi plant, becoming the first minors to be admitted to the site. they're hoping the experience will help them contribute to the recovery of the surrounding community. >> reporter: the students spent months preparing for their visit to the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster. they've been checking radiation levels around the region. miko is in her second year and she's a member of her school's science club. >> translator: i wanted to know how the workers feel, how far
the decommissioning work has progressed, and what problems they have. i thought it would be best to see it with my own eyes because there are some things you can't understand just from the media. >> reporter: after much preparation, miku a and the oth stududents headed to the plant. they got their parents' permission. radiation levels in most of the areas have fallen, so they were able to wear ordinary clothes. but they did wear gloves and covered their shoes to avoid picking up contaminants. they carried devices that measured how much radiation they were being exposed to. and they stayed inside the bus, as it blocks some of the radiation. the first thing that caught their attention was the massive number of water tanks. they learned the contaminated
water is building up at the site. miku asked about the conditions at the plant. >> translator: are there walls around the area where the tanks are lined up? >> translator: there are walls around it and a roof over it to prevent rainwater from getting in as much as possible. >> reporter: they saw the reactor building, left damaged by a hydrogen explosion. miku learned that radiation levels near the reactor building remain high. so workers need to wear protective gear. >> translator: they need to wear heavy equipment that close to the reactor building. >> reporter: seeing the damaged reactor building was an encounter with harsh reality. the students could see why the job of decommissioning the plant could take 40 years, or until they reach middle age. at the end the tour, the
students checked their total radiation exposure. they were relieved to see it was within the safety guideline. we caught up with miku a month after she visited the plant. we wanted to ask what lasting impression the trip had on her. >> translator: i had done some research before going. but that's different than firsthand experience. when i saw the plant, i was able to feel its size. and the atmosphere. i'm now keenly aware that this is an issue we have to face squarely. i think we'll have opportunities to talk to people, both in and outside fukushima. and i hope we can convey our feelings in our own words. >> reporter: after our interview, miku and her friends
traveled to an area where residents had been evacuated. they continued to search for the hope that someday their beloved fukushima is fully restored. tokyo will continue to see fair skies until saturday with highs in the lower to mid-teens, making for a pleasant and mild start for 2017. jonathan oh has the world weather report starting with the southern u.s. >> hello. it looks like the weather conditions are a bit calmer r dn toward the southern region of the united states. it was pretty bad earlier in the week. and d now we have most of f the energy moving toward the north and east. those of you living in new england states, you're dealing with a bit of some of this nasty weather when i it comes t
snow and rain and even cold air wrapping around with that. at least out through the deep south the weather is much calmer so the cleanup efforts can continue. let me show you video coming out of this area. starting off in n mississippi where we had a series of tornados sweepining acro t the deepep south eararlier this wee. in alabama it killed at least four people. at least 14 tornado reports took place during the severe weather outbreak along with damaging winds and large hail. we had video of a tornado that hit mt. olive, mississippi, that was earlier here, leaving a trail of destruction. but there were no reports of injuries. here in louisianana also seeing some of that n nasty weather widespread travel delays and power outages also seen across the area. so like i mentioned, as we take a look at the map here, most of the energy's now moving toward the north and east. looking at some of that snowy, rainy, windy-type mix for those in the new england states into southeastern portions of quebec, be on the lookout for that. down toward the south we do have a northerly flow. we're looking at cooler weather patterns in just a bit. at least it's going g to be dry
asas we go through the next few days. we have another low pressure system coming into the northern portions of califofornia. be on the lookout for thisis, we're looking for a bit of heavy rainfall from time to time. further toward the east, some of that cololder air into the rock mountains will bring a chance for snowfall. look at this, areas east of san francisco and the bay area, some areas could see up to 150 millimeters of rainfall as we go forward in time. some of the higher elevations may be seeing it in the form of some snow so be on the lookout for that. los angeles highs in the mid-teens with showers. 1 degree in seattle and vancouver. but sunny, a little bit drier at this point. denver looking at some snow. showers into toronto and down toward miami. otherwise elsewhere looking at temperatures around 12 degrees from new york down toward atlanta as we go through wednesday. meanwhile, looking at what's happening over europe, we do have a low pressure system that was moving through the scandinavia peninsula, producing a bit of a windy weather pattern. it is bringing in plenty of moisture so we are looking at the possibility of seeing
snowfall as we go forward in time. areas back toward the west more of a hazy shower-type mix. london looking at some showers. those of you in warsaw, moscow, kiev, vienna as we go through wednesday, looking at the possibility of snowfall as we go through the day. meanwhile down toward australia, we have a tropical low tt isis brushing throuou the nororern portions of western australia. it's bringing a lot of rainfall. some places saw more than 200 millimeters of rain over a 24-hour period. this low is a very s slow mover which means plenty of that moisture conontinueses to remam over the area which means more of that heavy rainfall expected. look out for flooding concerns as we go through the rest of this week. wrapping things up with a look at east asia, we are seeing high pressure controlling the weather for the northeastern portions of china. it is creating a calmer air pattern and that's leading to some air pollution concerns. some levels are extremely high into places like beijing, also chongqing looking at that concern. hazy conditions are something we'll be watching out for as we go through the rest of the week
these are the headlines. the israeli soldier who shot and killed an animal palestinian attacker has been convicted -- an immobile palestinian attacker has been convicted of the manslaughter charge against him. caught in thes act on video. turkey says it has identified the man behind the new year's eve attack on an istanbul nightclub. police have arrested five suspected islamic state militants linked to the attack, but the gunman himself is still on the run. barack obama heads to capitol hill to try to rally his